South Asian people with diabetes could be in a higher risk group if they develop Covid-19.
A range of free information resources have been made available for South Asian communities across the UK to help protect themselves against Covid-19 (coronavirus).
The resources, available in four different languages, have been produced by the South Asian Health Foundation - a charity dedicated to improving health care for South Asian people across the UK – are available on their website
The series includes a range of videos in Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Gujarati with information about how you can protect yourself from Covid-19, in addition to government guidance on lockdown measures and advice on staying at home.
In collaboration with the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society the charity has also produced a Q&A in Hindi.
Professor Wasim Hanif, Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Consultant Physician and Clinical Service Lead in diabetes at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, who is also a South Asian Health Foundation Trustee and Co-Chair of the charity’s world-recognised Diabetes Working Group, said: “Part of the South Asian Health Foundation’s mission is to assist people in the UK, particularly those of South Asian origin, who are experiencing conditions of sickness, hardship or distress.
“The coronavirus pandemic is an unsettling time for everyone and there is a whole host of valuable information out there to keep people as safe as possible. To ensure people from the South Asian community fully benefit from this advice we have developed a series of easy-to-understand videos in Hindi and Punjabi.”
Professor Kamlesh Khunti
Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Professor in Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, who is also a South Asian Health Foundation Trustee and works alongside Professor Hanif as a member of the charity’s Diabetes Working Group, said: “Type 2 diabetes is more common in south Asians because of their lifestyle in terms of their diet and lower physical activity levels combined with their potentially increased genetic risk.
“Looking after your health and wellbeing is of utmost importance whilst the country joins forces in the global battle against coronavirus. By following some simple measures, we all have the best chance of staying healthy, and in doing so, help ease the pressure on the NHS.”
To access the South Asian Health Foundation covid-19 resources visit here
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